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Alternative Spring Break Unites Alumni with Students in Service

March 09, 2016

Instead of basking in the Caribbean sunshine in mid-March, two groups of Lasell students will donate their time to service in Atlanta and Philadelphia during Spring Break.

Two student groups will travel to the Alternative Spring Break (ASB) locations in Atlanta, GA and Philadelphia, PA from March 12 to 19. ASB is designed to connect students and community members through services to the communities they visit around the country.

This year, students traveling to Philadelphia will connect with veteran ABS-ers and alumni Kia Rivera ‘14 and Flannagh Fitzsimmons '14, who will serve as advisors for the 10 students joining in the trip.

"We will be participating in a few different beautification efforts with a major focus in urban gardening," said Junior Raquel Barns, the student leader for this trip.

The students will work the local organizations including Lutheran Settlement House, Cradles to Crayons, and Awbury Arboretum.

"Alternative Spring Break is filled with service, reflection, and fun. It's a great way to challenge yourself and be immersed in a different community and learn something new," Barns added.

The second trip will take 18 students to Atlanta to work hand in hand with Truly Living Well, the Southwest Ecumenical Emergency Assistance Center, Piedmont Park, and Meals on Wheels.

This group will be advised by Assistant Director of Lasell's Center for Community Based Learning (CCBL) Tiesha Hughes and alum Shawn Fleurie ‘15, the CCBL VISTA.

"This year we decided to work in a location that Lasell has never traveled to before on ASB," said student leader Junior Hayley Kreckler.

Students interested in ASB must complete an application and an interview. For the last two years ASB has received 40+ applications for 23 spots. Once selected to be part of the trip students pay a small fee and the rest of the funds are raised as a group.

-Jillian Moreira